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Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Board Book) - image 1 of 1
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Board Book) - image 1 of 1
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About the Book

At bedtime, the little gorilla cleverly grabs the zookeeper's keys and frees a parade of animals to follow the keeper home to bed. The zookeeper's wife returns them all--or does she? (Baby/Preschool)

Book Synopsis

A must-have board book for all babies.

Good night, Gorilla.
Good night, Elephant.

It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

Good night, Giraffe.
Good night, Hyena.

Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

Review Quotes

In a book economical in text and simple in illustrations, the many amusing, small details, as well as the tranquil tome of the story, make this an outstanding picture book. --The Horn Book, starred review

"The amiable cartoon characters, vibrant palette, and affectionate tone of the author's art recall Thatcher Hurd's cheerful illustrations. Delightful."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A clever, comforting bedtime story. --School Library Journal, starred review

Jaunty four-color artwork carries the story and offers more with every look. --Booklist

About The Author

Caldecott-medalist Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters.

In the summer we lolled in plastic wading pools guzzling Kool-Aid. In the winter we sculpted giant snow animals. It was a good life.

Ms. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, then attended colleges everywhere, changing her major repeatedly. She eventually earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

I wanted to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a class in signing, I realized what I'd rather do was draw pictures of gorillas.

Ms. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's-book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.

I spent the first three weeks of my writing class at Otis Parsons filching characters from my classmates' stories. Finally, the teacher convinced me that even a beginning writer can create an original character if the character is driven by the writer's most secret weirdness. Eureka! A little girl with a passion for plagiarism! I didn't want anyone to know it was me, so I made the character look like my sister.

The resulting book, Ruby the Copycat, earned Ms. Rathmann the Most Promising New Author distinction in Publishers Weekly's 1991 annual Cuffie Awards. In 1992 she illustrated Bootsie Barker Bites for Barbara Bottner, her teacher at Otis Parsons.

A homework assignment produced an almost wordless story, Good Night, Gorilla, inspired by a childhood memory.

When I was little, the highlight of the summer was running barefoot through the grass, in the dark, screaming. We played kick-the-can, and three-times-around-the-house, and sometimes we just stood staring into other people's picture windows, wondering what it would be like to go home to someone else's house.

That story, however, was only nineteen pages long, and everyone agreed that the ending was a dud. Two years and ten endings later, Good Night, Gorilla was published and recognized as an ALA Notable Children's Book for 1994.

The recipient of the 1996 Caldecott Medal, Officer Buckle and Gloria, is the story of a school safety officer upstaged by his canine partner.

We have a videotape of my mother chatting in the dining room while, unnoticed by her or the cameraman, the dog is licking every poached egg on the buffet. The next scene shows the whole family at the breakfast table, complimenting my mother on the delicious poached eggs. The dog, of course, is pretending not to know what a poached egg is. The first time we watched that tape we were so shocked, we couldn't stop laughing. I suspect that videotape had a big influence on my choice of subject matter.

Ms. Rathmann lives and works in San Francisco, in an apartment she shares with her husband, John Wick, and a very funny bunch of ants.

copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Dimensions (Overall): 5 Inches (H) x 6.4 Inches (W) x 1 Inches (D)
Weight: .68 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 34
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Animals / Zoos
Publisher: Putnam Pub. Group
Format: Board Book
Author: Peggy Rathmann
Language: English
Street Date: February 1, 1996
TCIN: 11826413
UPC: 9780399230035
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-1239
Origin: Made in the USA
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 6.6 inches length x 0.9 inches width x 5 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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Q: How tall is the goodnight gorilla book?

submitted by Grandma - 3 years ago
  • A: Hi, Grandma! Regarding your question about the Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Board Book): the height of the book is 5 inches.

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4.9 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews
100% would recommend
10 recommendations

Childhood Fav.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Em - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I read this as a child and now I have it for my daughter! This story is so cute and unique. I love that there are details like the hidden mouse that can be found on every picture making the book good for children a little bit older too!
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Dont forget to add some silly noises!

5 out of 5 stars
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RN4kids - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
My now 23 year old daughter loved this book-or maybe the funny noises my husband used to read it to her! Either way, she loved this book!
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Grandchild's favorite

5 out of 5 stars
Pat - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I purchased this based on reviews and I am glad I did. I am always looking for good books to build up my grandson's library.
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Love Gorilla and his mischief.

5 out of 5 stars
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Momma Laurie - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Perfect illustrates mischief of a gorilla at the zoo. Kids all time favorite to “read” before nap time.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Patty - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is such a fun book to read to the grandchildren!
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5 out of 5 stars
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Hsnyder - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
My daughter LOVES this book! We had it with paper pages and she keeps ripping them so we bought the board book too.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Mary - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
One of my grandchildren ‘s favorite books.
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3 out of 5 stars
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Christine - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
love this book! ordered this store pickup on line. was not happy with the condition. was slightly tattered, but was a gift and was pressed for time. so i had to take it.
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5 out of 5 stars
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FrizzMama - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
A classic board book that will be a wonderful addition to our baby's nursery collection.
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Both children LOVE this story

5 out of 5 stars
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Amber - 7 years ago
We originally had the hardcover book with just the normal paper pages, but with a 16 month old, they were ripped to shreds. I bought this to replace it, as both children bring it to me to read to them all the time!
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Great Book

5 out of 5 stars
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whitney - 9 years ago
This book was given to us as a gift. My son loves this book. We read it every night. Age 1-2 yrs
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